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popular vote

noun
1.
the vote for a U.S. presidential candidate made by the qualified voters, as opposed to that made by the electoral college.
Compare electoral vote.
2.
the vote for a candidate, issue, etc., made by the qualified voters, as opposed to a vote made by elected representatives.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40, Americanism
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Examples from the web for popular vote
  • These elegant tangles of fluorescent actin bundles won the popular vote for the best microscopic photo of the year.
  • Efficacy is something that is shown by valid studies, not by popular vote or marketing.
  • Readers must create an account to vote in the bracket, and the winners of each match-up will be determined by popular vote.
  • Because rights should not be determined by popular vote.
  • popular vote has ruled it an important question to answer.
  • These factors have consistently returned him to office with ever-larger percentages of the popular vote.
  • When you put a tiny and despised minority up for a popular vote, the minority usually loses.
  • Too bad it doesn't work that way, popular vote decides the winner.
  • We're picking three finalists, and readers will select the winner by popular vote.
  • The popular vote was significantly closer than the electoral vote.
Contemporary definitions for popular vote
noun

the process by which qualified voters choose candidates or vote on issues, as opposed to elected representatives or an electoral college

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